Meera, who is a famous name of Pakistan’s entertainment industry had earlier applied for financial assistance with the Artist Support Fund, which was launched by the Punjab Information and Cultural Department. The Baaji actor was asking for Rs.40 million, claiming that her financial position was not good.
Her request was earlier rejected by the authorities in question. The authorities have indicated that at the moment they could only offer Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 to her.
But, on Thursday the application for the financial aid submitted by Meera received approval. As per sources, the Lahore Arts Council would be providing Rs.5,000 to her. It has been noted that Meera was given the information about the approval of the financial aid of Rs.5,000 via a text message.
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A total of six hundred and forty-five artists have been promised of the financial assistance in the initial spell.
Previously a meeting was held at the Alhamra Arts Council under the guidance of the MPA Sadia Sohail Rana after they received Meera’s letter seeking financial aid. It was during this meeting that the department took the decision that it could offer no more than 10,000 rupees to her. It was also emphasized that in order to get the fund the artist should have a monthly income that is less than Rs.15,000 and should be above the age of 50 years.
Rana also said that this fund is for the poor artists who have been badly hit by the ongoing situation.
The MPA expressed his amazement with the demands put forward by Meera. She said that it is a surprise that Meera has sought for help in this situation when she should herself be assisting the other poor artists. She said that Meera should understand that all is not a joke and that the artists of her stature should keep funds aside for tough times when they earn huge amounts.
On the other hand, Meera has said that she was left with no choice and that her shows in Canada and in the US were annulled owing to coronavirus. She said that she has suffered a loss of $100,000. She maintained that she also has to return the loan she took in Dubai.
She further said that she has no idea about her request being denied and that she plans to take the matter to the federal government.